Just when I thought it was safe, (you know, outta sight, outta mind) I have to waste space in my column and talk about, HIM AGAIN!!
I thought I was through talking about Colin Kaepernick. Well, he’s back. Sort of. I really don’t know if his workout a few days back in Atlanta was a real attempt to get back into the NFL or just a ridiculous publicity stunt. Colin lost my respect a long time ago when I feel he disrespected my country by kneeling during the National Anthem.
My stance hasn’t changed. I am all for his right to protest against things that he feels are not right. I disagree wholeheartedly with the way he went about it. The National Anthem represents my country. The flag that I stand and put my hand over my heart for during the Anthem represents my country. You take a knee, you are disrespecting my country and that upsets me greatly. Period. End of discussion.
There are a lot of service men and women all over the world who have fought and died and are still fighting every day and serving now for our right to protest. Even Colin Kaepernick’s.
Here’s what I am protesting. I haven’t spent a penny, nor will I ever again, on anything from Nike since they took their stand with Kaepernick. Their commercials insulted me as an American. There are lots of other shoe and apparel brands for me to choose from and I will spend my dollar elsewhere. I encourage my friends and loyal readers to do the same. Take that Nike. Now, how’s that for a protest?
OK, enough of that foolishness. I had to take a knee for a minute and let my blood pressure go back down, but I’m all good now. Let’s get down to business.
Grisham’s Gridiron Grinders went 12-3 last week in rivalry week setting the season mark at 115-28. Did the regular season go by in a heartbeat or what? But here we are a few weeks from Christmas and Conference Championship week is upon us.
We’ll start with the biggest game of the day, the SEC Championship game. The winner will make it to the final four and play for a National Championship. LSU might get in win or lose. Georgia gets in if they win.
LSU has been the best team in the SEC all year. They beat Alabama handily and weren’t really challenged the rest of the way. Georgia is very good. But, they flat laid down at home to a very bad South Carolina team and had a couple of close calls. The Dawgs could very well win this game, if LSU has a couple of turnovers and Heisman front-runner, quarterback Joe Burrow, misses the team bus to the stadium and his Uber gets lost in traffic due to the driver being a Georgia fan.
Sorry, I got carried away there, but you get my drift. I’ll take the Bengal Tigers in this one, 31-21.
Virginia took down Virginia Tech last week for the first time in a long time for the right to get dismantled by Clemson in the ACC Championship game. Clemson might be the best team in the country and this week will be a tune-up for the final four. Tigers 49, Wahoos 10.
Oklahoma and Baylor will hook up again for the Big 12 Title. The first game was a shootout. This one will be, too, as neither team spends much practice time on defense. Take the over. Sooners 59, Bears 58.
Wisconsin might have the best chance to pull off an upset on Saturday in the Big 10 Championship. If the Badgers can run the ball and keep the Buckeye offense off the field they have a chance. A key turnover might decide this one. Ohio State is favored by 16 points. Way too much. Buckeyes 24, Badgers 20.
Utah is favored to win the Pac 12 Title over Oregon. I think the Ducks will win it outright 41-34.
I like Appalachian State to take down the UL Ragin Cajuns for the Sunbelt Title. I like Memphis to win another shootout with Cincinnati for the second week in a row in the AAC. Boise State should take care of Hawaii for the Mountain West Championship. I’ll take Central Michigan over Miami of Ohio in the MAC in a close one. And lastly, Florida Atlantic should handle UAB for the Conference USA Title.
In a bonus pick, next week, I’ll take Navy to beat Army (sorry Mason), but they were heavily favored last year and Army pulled off the upset. You can throw the records out in this one.
Thanks for all the feedback. My crack staff and I will get back to work in a couple of weeks and tackle all the bowl games with another round of fearless pigskin prognostications.
Bryan Grisham is a contributing sports correspondent for the Cleveland Daily Banner. Email him at email@example.com.